Finnish Modern Design: Utopian Ideals and Everyday Realities, 1930-97

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This book examines the outstanding design achievements of Finland over the last seven decades, focusing on the central and decisive role played by Modernism. It is the first volume in English to provide a thorough account of the artistic and cultural qualities of Finnish design as distinguished from the design of its Nordic and other European neighbors. Also considered are the principal ideas, individuals, and influences that combined to produce Finnish modernism, as well as its international reception. The book ...
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Overview

This book examines the outstanding design achievements of Finland over the last seven decades, focusing on the central and decisive role played by Modernism. It is the first volume in English to provide a thorough account of the artistic and cultural qualities of Finnish design as distinguished from the design of its Nordic and other European neighbors. Also considered are the principal ideas, individuals, and influences that combined to produce Finnish modernism, as well as its international reception. The book discusses the renowned work of such Finnish architects and designers as Alvar Aalto, Tapio Wirkkala, Kaj Franck, and Timo Sarpaneva, and of manufacturers including Artek, Arabia, and Marimekko. It features separate discussions of architecture, ceramics, glass, furniture, metalwork, jewelry, product design, textiles, and woodworking and concludes with a consideration of the position of design in contemporary Finnish culture. This book is the catalogue for an exhibition at The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts held from February 26, 1998, to June 1998.
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Martin Filler
Finnish Modern Design: Utopian Ideals and Everyday Realities, 1930-1997...places Aalto's pivotal contributions within the much less familiar setting of his country's lively and varied modern design movement.
New York Review of Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300082807
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 8
Introduction 11
Ch. 1 The Ambivalence of Finnish Culture 17
Ch. 2 The Other Modernism: Finnish Design and National Identity 29
Ch. 3 Architecture and Modern Identity in Finland 53
Ch. 4 Objects for Everyday Life: Aspects of Finnish Design Since the 1980s 83
Ch. 5 Opportunities and Ideals in Modern Furniture Design in Finland 103
Ch. 6 National and International Aspects of Finnish Glass 129
Ch. 7 Simplicity and Materialism in the Design of Finnish Jewelry and Metalwork 159
Ch. 8 Finnish Textiles en Route to Modernity 181
Ch. 9 Finnish Ceramics: From Everyday Objects to Art 209
Ch. 10 Finding a Place in a New World Order: Finland, America and the "Design in Scandinavia" Exhibition, 1954-1975 233
Catalogue of the Exhibition 253
Checklist of the Exhibition 369
Selected Histories of Finnish Companies in the Applied Arts 379
Bibliography 399
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